Steps to Success’ comprehensive approach to academic preparation and enrichment has been recognized as an effective model in helping students achieve success. STS is proud to be recognized by the following organizations:

2013 Herb Carlin Community Health Award

The Carlin Community Health Award, named for veterinarian Herb Carlin who worked in Brookline for over 40 years, is awarded annually by the Friends of Brookline Public Health at their Annual Meeting. The award recognizes a person or group that has made outstanding contributions to community health in Brookline, broadly defined. Past awardees include the Brookline Farmers’ Market, Brookline’s Medical Reserve Corps, and the Jennifer Lynch Committee on Domestic Violence.

Root Cause/Social Impact Research (SIR)

Steps to Success was chosen as one of just seven organizations in the greater Boston area to be highlighted in the recent report, “College Access and Success,” published in September 2011 by Root Cause/Social Impact Research (SIR). SIR identifies STS as: “high performing based on a rigorous evaluation of organizational health, program performance, and outcomes and impact.” Steps to Success was selected for this honor from among organizations in greater Boston that utilize a “comprehensive approach focused on academic preparation and enrichment, college aspiration and knowledge, and financial aid and planning. “SIR’s report provides “actionable information” about Steps to Success to nonprofit, public and business investors interested in “work[ing] together in a new social impact market…”

View the full 2010 Social Issue Report, Massachusetts State Report, and the Organization Report here.

Public Schools & Public Housing – Partnering to Achieve Educational Equity & End Generational Poverty

In 2009, Steps to Success – along with University of Massachusetts-Boston and the Cambridge Housing Authority – sponsored a statewide symposium entitled “Public Schools & Public Housing – Partnering to Achieve Education Equity & End Generational Poverty.”  The Symposium, which was attended by more than 300 school superintendents, housing authority directors and policy makers, was moderated by Paul Tough, former New York Times magazine editor and author of Whatever it Takes, a book about the Harlem Children’s Zone.  Participants discussed the educational achievement gap, and Steps to Success was presented as one model for doing so. Since that time, a number of communities have called upon STS for further assistance in replicating our work.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation “Catalyst for Change” Award

Steps to Success was selected as a recipient of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation 2010 “Catalyst for Change” Award, which recognizes existing examples of personalized, student-centered learning experiences across New England. As one of 12 schools and education organizations to receive this one-time grant, STS was honored with a $50,000 contribution, and was also  recognized as a replicable model for helping students’ achieve school success.